- Extracts from Michael Cohen’s new memoir allege that Trump was consumed by an obsessive hatred for Barack Obama, the US’ first Black president.
- In one bizarre incident, Trump hired an Obama lookalike and “ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him” in a video, writes Cohen.
- The video was reportedly scheduled to air at the RNC convention but was scrapped by party bosses, according to reports at the time.
- In the book Cohen describes Trump as a “racist” and a “con man” who claimed, groundlessly, that Obama owed his places at Columbia and Harvard to “f—ing affirmative action.”
- In a statement the White House attacked Cohen’s credibility, describing him as “a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer.”
- Cohen was jailed in 2019 for lying to Congress about Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russia, and role in paying off women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has described his ex-boss’ obsessive hatred of President Barack Obama in extracts from his upcoming memoir published by news outlets Saturday.
In an extract of Cohen’s “Disloyalty: A Memoir,” published by CNN and the Washington Post, Cohen claims that Trump described Obama as a “Manchurian candidate” who owed his place at Columbia University and Harvard Law School to “f—ing affirmative action.”
According to the CNN extract, Trump, in pursuing his grudge against Obama, hired a lookalike “Fauxbama” and “ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him” in a bizarre video.
In the book, reports CNN, Cohen does not name the man hired to play Obama or say on what date the incident took place, but does include a picture from the video.
It shows Trump sitting across his Trump Tower desk from a man resembling Obama. On the desk in front of Trump are two books, one with Obama’s name on the front.
—Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan) September 6, 2020
But a copy of the video has emerged online
A parody of Trump’s hit reality show The Apprentice, it was supposed to be aired at the 2013 RNC convention, according to reports, but was canned by party bosses.
In the video, published by Breitbart in 2013, Trump attacks the Obama lookalike’s record as president, his lack of business experience, and his golf game. It ends with Trump hurling his “you’re fired” Apprentice catchphrase at Obama and banishing him from his office.
“They never put it on,” Trump told Breitbart of the RNC decision not to air the video at the time. “The reason they didn’t put it on is because they thought it was too controversial. Controversy. It might not be politically correct.”
Cohen, in extracts of the book published by the Post, details several racist diatribes by Trump. Cohen claims that when ranting about Obama in one incident, he went on to say, “tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s—hole. They are all complete f—ing toilets.”
According to the extracts, Trump belittled minority voters, saying, “I will never get the Hispanic vote. Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”
He also, writes Cohen, insulted South African leader Nelson Mandela, and praised the racist Apartheid regime.
“Mandela f—ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F— Mandela. He was no leader,” Cohen claims Trump said.
In the book, Cohen’s assessment of his former boss’s character is withering, and he describes him as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”
But the White House has hit back at Cohen, who was jailed last year for lying to Congress and for election finance crimes prosecutors claimed were committed at Trump’s behest.
In a statement to the Post, the White House attacked Cohen’s credibility, describing him as “a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies.”
But Cohen is not the first source to have claimed that Trump is consumed by hatred for Obama.
Trump launched his political career with the racist “birther” conspiracy theory, claiming, groundlessly, that Obama was ineligible for the presidency because he wasn’t born in the US. (Obama was born in the US state of Hawaii.)
In a notorious incident at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner, Obama singled out Trump in the audience and mocked him. Some pundits have speculated the public humiliation was a key factor in Trump’s decision to run for the presidency in 2016.